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Distributed, Interactive Workcell Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107443D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 109K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Colson, JC: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a software method for controlling a network of controllers in a manufacturing automation environment. Often, in a complex cell with multiple devices and sensors, each controller in the system is provided with an individual, unique user interface. This leads to confusion, and a lack of centrally located data for the system as a whole. Presented is a method for using a single point user interface to control the entire distributed network. Included in this is Distributed Data Migration, Remote User Interfaces, Remote Error Reporting and Remote Data Logging. This software method provides a single user interface for many workcell controllers, and stores all relevant information in a single cell. This information is distributed as needed for execution of the desired process.

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Distributed, Interactive Workcell Control

      Disclosed is a software method for controlling a network of
controllers in a manufacturing automation environment. Often, in a
complex cell with multiple devices and sensors, each controller in
the system is provided with an individual, unique user interface.
This leads to confusion, and a lack of centrally located data for the
system as a whole.
Presented is a method for using a single point user interface to
control the entire distributed network. Included in this is
Distributed Data Migration, Remote User Interfaces, Remote Error
Reporting and Remote Data Logging.
This software method provides a single user interface for many
workcell controllers, and stores all relevant information in a single
cell.  This information is distributed as needed for execution of the
desired process. The system is implemented as a network of computers,
only one of which is equipped with user I/O (CRT and keyboard,
possibly a printer).  Databases are maintained on this "station
controller," and are edited by users as required for the application.
When the application is started, the software for execution on the
station controller uses the databases to create packages of data for
itself, and for any computers directly attached to it.  The packages
for other computers are sent via communications.  Upon receipt of the
packages, the receiving computers store the required information, and
make packages of data for other computers (not known...